Ship at Launch - formerly The Woolpack


On the corner of Bath Street on the Quay, the Wivenhoe Spa Baths were behind the pub in the ownership of Horace Flack. In the 1800s it was called the Woolpack. Next door to the pub on The Quay, was the Admiralty Custom House and quay, where tea and brandy seized from the smugglers was sold off together with their boats.

William Powell, and his wife Elizabeth, was the landlord of the Woolpack Inn from 18001813. The 1841 census has the landlord as William Roberts with his wife Phoebe, six children and three staff.


This list of names is from census returns.
They are therefore the occupants, not necessarily the licensee or owner.

1800: William Powell [The Woolpack]
1841: William Roberts
1851: Elizabeth Chamberlain
1861: George Chamberlain
1867: Thomas Forsgate [Publican]
1871: Joseph Blyth
1881: Joseph Holden
1891: Not found
1901: Arthur J Wade
1911: Not found



Ship at Launch

John Stewart - Wivenhoe Memories Collection

The Ship at Launch
A drawing of the pub probably around the turn of the 19-20th century.
The Customs warehouse, later to be Tiptree Jam's import stores, is visible to the right.



The ship at
          Launch

Postcard displayed in the Rose and Crown

An early photograph, of a similar date to the drawing above.



The ship at
          Launch

A similar view now. The pub and adjoining buildings replaced by a second warehouse in the early 20th century, now converted into riverside apartments. The right hand building is the warehouse visible in the drawing above.